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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Body Snatchers are the feared enforcement arm of the notorious 4 Corner Hustlers street gang.

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Body Snatchers are the feared enforcement arm of the notorious 4 Corner Hustlers street gang. Under the leadership of Shawn "Shakey" Betts, police say, the Body Snatchers were akin to the movie Murder, Inc., responsible for dozens of West Side killings and other shootings over the past few years. However, in a criminal complaint filed recently in federal court, the gang's crack cocaine operation along Oak Park's Austin Boulevard boundary with Chicago comes off more like The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight.The criminal complaint documents the daily struggles of various gang members with quality control, substandard supplies and unhappy customers. As well as, unbeknownst to them, omnipresent drug enforcement agents, who most definitely were nothing like the Keystone Cops.From February through June 17, 2009, Chicago police and federal drug agents were watching numerous members of the gang, including Dominique "Finball" Finley, 34, a "Five Star Elite" gang leader, Eric Ollison, 25, aka "Murder," Milton Bills, Frederick Taylor and Terrance Jones.
"Murder" is doing six years in East Moline Correctional Center for being an armed habitual criminal. His parole date is October 2014, but he likely won't be getting out from behind bars for quite some time after that.

While the street gang's territory extended from the Eisenhower Expressway to North Avenue, and from Laramie to Austin, much of the action took place around Menard and Superior and the 5800 block of Huron. Agents physically observed, videotaped and audio-recorded transactions and numerous cellphone conversations. And they set up buys with the assistance of two paid confidential informants.Previous gang leaders were well aware of being watched. Mafia Insane Vice Lord leader Troy "King Troy" Martin, another Five Star Elite, was recorded in 2004 repeatedly warning his men to not talk on the phone. In a 2005 phone conversation, Anthony "Psycho" Johnson told Vice Lords boss Ray Longstreet, "We always targets, no matter what."And in May 2008, top gang leader Shawn Betts and 55 others were arrested following an 18-month investigation, Operation Capital Hill, that involved 22,000 intercepted calls and more than 100 undercover drug buys.Martin was arrested and convicted as part of Operation Day Trader in 2004, and is doing a life sentence. Longstreet, swept up in 2005 as part of Operation Street Sweeper, won't be paroled from federal prison until he's 73.Finley and his cohorts, though, acted as if they weren't aware of that recent history.

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